They might not be able to vote, but the smallest Victorians are big targets in the 2021/22 state budget.
Through education, mental health and the justice system, there is a pointed attempt at benefiting children, families and women in this year's financial plan.
Under the state's mental health overhaul, prompted by the royal commission into the sector, about $842 million is being directed to support children and young people.
Two streams of care will be established, one for infants, children and their families and another for people aged 12 to 25.
Among that support is nearly $310 million in localised services.
Three new localised infant, child and family service hubs will be created, providing a one-stop shop for mental health, overall health and development and other services including paediatricians.
Five new youth prevention and recovery units for people aged 16 to 25 will also be created, totalling 50 beds.
The state government is continuing its schools building program, with another $492 million for 13 new schools, more funding to three schools already underway and $276.4 million for land in seven more growing localities.
The rollout of kindergarten places for three year olds is getting another $167.1 million to be operational in every community in 2022.
But the program will need another 4000 kinder teachers and 2000 early childhood teachers.
About $1.2 billion will be spent on extending child protection services.
Victoria will create a gender responsive budgeting unit within the Treasury to measure and embed considerations for women in future budgets and money continues to be spent on stamping out family violence.
"Inequality for women feeds violence against women, which is why our investments target both," Women Minister Gabrielle Williams said in a statement.
There is also cash for young people who come into contact with the justice system.
More than $165 million will be spent on services including family therapy support and treatment programs to get to the root of offending and more than $41.6 million to fund vocational education and training in the prison system.
Australian Associated Press
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